Rhys Bowen

  • Comté du Kent, Angleterre, 1934.
    Passer un smoking pour le dîner, utiliser une fourchette pour la viande, une autre pour le poisson... Franchement, quel intérêt à toutes ces simagrées ? C'est pourtant bien ce à quoi va devoir se plier Jack Altringham, héritier du duc d'Eynsford fraîchement débarqué d'Australie.
    Pour l'aider, une seule candidate, la charmante Georgie. Mais, dès son arrivée à Kingsdowne Place, dans le Kent, elle découvre que certains membres de la famille d'Eynsford se donnent beaucoup de mal pour mener la vie dure à son élève. Et quelques jours plus tard, le duc meurt poignardé.
    Aux yeux de tous, Jack est le suspect parfait. Sauf pour Georgie qui va tout faire pour démêler le faux du vrai entre petits secrets, rancune de classe et vengeance à froid...

  • Écosse, 1933.
    Tandis que son cher Darcy se la coule douce en Amérique du Sud pour les fêtes de fin d'année, et que sa mère s'est réfugiée dans le hameau perdu de Tiddleton-under-Lovey en compagnie du drolatique dramaturge Noel Coward, Georgie, elle, se retrouve coincée au château de Rannoch suite à une tempête de neige.
    C'est donc pour elle un miracle de Noël lorsqu'on fait appel à ses services pour animer une sauterie entre aristocrates à Tiddleton. Ce paisible village tout droit sorti des pages du Chant de Noël de Dickens connaît hélas une succession de tragiques événements : après qu'un enquiquineur du coin s'est cassé le cou en tombant d'un arbre, deux autres soi-disant accidents font deux nouvelles victimes...
    /> Se pourrait-il qu'un vent mauvais souffle au pays des merveilles ?
    Entre Downton Abbey et Miss Marple, une série d'enquêtes royales so British !

  • Londres, 1933.
    La reine vient de confier une nouvelle mission à notre héritière favorite : partir à la recherche de sa précieuse tabatière, volée sur la très hédoniste et chic Côte d'Azur.
    Georgie, déjà comblée par la confiance que lui accorde Sa Majesté, a l'heureuse surprise de voir Coco Chanel en personne lui proposer d'être son modèle pour ses dernières créations ! Toutefois, pendant le défilé, les choses se passent atrocement mal : le collier inestimable qu'elle porte, appartenant lui aussi à la reine, est subtilisé à son tour. Et, peu après, un homme est retrouvé assassiné !
    Avec deux vols sur les bras et un meurtrier en liberté, Georgie n'a pas vraiment le loisir de profiter du casino...
    Entre Downton Abbey et Miss Marple, une série d'enquêtes royales so British !

  • Londres, 1932.
    Les affaires de Georgie sont loin d'être au beau fixe. Afin de se faire un peu d'argent, elle a alors l'idée du siècle (selon elle) : tenir compagnie à des gentlemen de passage dans la capitale. Une pièce de théâtre, un bon dîner, un brin de conversation et le tour est joué ! Sauf que son premier client attend visiblement une conclusion bien différente à cette soirée...
    Pour éviter un scandale, Georgie est renvoyée fissa en Écosse. Mais il ne s'agit pas seulement d'une punition. En effet, Scotland Yard lui confie une tâche de la plus haute importance : surveiller la partie de chasse royale qui se tient au château de Balmoral. Quelqu'un vise les héritiers du trône britannique, et qui d'autre que Georgie, avec son flair légendaire, pourrait démasquer le coupable ?
    Entre Downton Abbey et Miss Marple, une série d'enquêtes royales so British !

  • Londres, 1932.
    La reine a confié à Georgie une nouvelle mission délicate : elle doit héberger la princesse Hanneflore de Bavière et jouer les entremetteuses entre elle et le prince de Galles dans l'espoir que ce dernier se détourne enfin de son amante américaine.
    Mais entre la propension d'Hanni à séduire tout ce qui porte une moustache, son langage de charretier et sa fâcheuse tendance au vol à l'étalage, Georgie a déjà fort à faire. Et comme si tout cela ne suffisait pas, la princesse bavaroise se retrouve mêlée à un meurtre... Pour éviter un scandale diplomatique, Georgie va devoir remettre sa casquette de détective amateur et se résoudre à démasquer le véritable coupable.
    Entre Downton Abbey et The Crown, une série d'enquêtes royales so British !
    « Bien plus qu'un simple roman policier, Son Espionne royale mêle avec brio amour, histoire, humour et mystère. Captivant ! » Louise Penny, auteure de Nature morte.

  • Londres, 1932.
    La reine demande à Georgie de s'acquitter d'une tâche bien délicate : représenter la famille royale lors du mariage de la princesse de Roumanie et du prince de Bulgarie, qui aura lieu en Transylvanie dans le fameux château de Bran. Georgie accepte avec plaisir, d'autant que la mariée se trouve être une ancienne camarade d'école.
    Mais le château est lugubre, l'atmosphère de la région, berceau de toutes les légendes de vampires, macabre. Et le séjour de Georgie prend un tour carrément terrifiant quand, la veille de la cérémonie, l'un des invités meurt empoisonné ! C'est à elle qu'il revient de sauver les festivités nuptiales... avant que la mort ne sépare les jeunes mariés un peu plus tôt que prévu.
    Entre Downton Abbey et Miss Marple, une série d'enquêtes royales so British !

  • Londres, 1932.
    Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, fille du duc de Glen Garry et Rannoch, trente-quatrième héritière du trône britannique, est complètement fauchée depuis que son demi-frère lui a coupé les vivres. Et voilà qu'en plus ce dernier veut la marier à un prince roumain !
    Georgie, qui refuse qu'on lui dicte sa vie, s'enfuit à Londres pour échapper à cette funeste promesse de mariage : elle va devoir apprendre à se débrouiller par elle-même.
    Mais le lendemain de son arrivée dans la capitale, la reine la convoque à Buckingham pour la charger d'une mission pour le moins insolite : espionner son fils, le prince de Galles, qui fricote avec une certaine Américaine...
    Entre Downton Abbey et The Crown, une série d'enquêtes royales so British !
    « Bien plus qu'un simple roman policier, Son Espionne royale mêle avec brio amour, histoire, humour et mystère. Captivant ! » Louise Penny, auteure de Nature morte.

  • Farleigh field

    Rhys Bowen

    • City
    • 21 Octobre 2020

    En cette année 1941, même si la guerre fait rage dans toute l'Europe, rien ne semble pouvoir bouleverser le mode de vie aristocratique de la famille Westerham. Jusqu'au jour où le corps d'un mystérieux parachutiste est découvert sur les terres de leur domaine de Farleigh Place. Leur monde si bien ordonné se fissure. La victime était-elle un espion allemand ? Agent des services secrets et ami de la famille, Ben Cresswell est chargé de mener, discrètement, l'enquête.
    Il retourne dans cette propriété dont il garde tant de bons souvenirs, mais aussi des blessures encore à vif. Il y retrouve Pamela, la fille des Westerham dont il a toujours été amoureux, et un passé qu'il croyait enfoui resurgit. La mission de Ben à Farleigh Place va révéler les sentiments et les secrets d'une famille dont le destin sera bouleversé à tout jamais.

  • When New York theatre impresario Tommy Burke asks Molly Murphy to help him take care of some family business back in Ireland, Molly is happy to oblige. Tempted by the prospect of going home for the first time in years (and putting her fledging detective agency on firm financial ground), Molly throws caution to the wind and climbs aboard the White Start Liner Majestic with hopes of sneaking on and off the isle without raising a peep. Until one passenger, who happens to be a famous Broadway actress goes missing-'and another turns up dead. So much for smooth sailing . . .

  • Irish immigrant Molly Murphy is contemplating giving up PI work for something a little less...exciting. Molly has had quite enough excitement recently, thank you very much. Especially from the handsome but deceptive NYPD captain Daniel Sullivan. She wants him out of her life for good. But when Daniel is accused of accepting bribes and lands himself in the Tombs, the notorious city jail, he begs Molly to help prove he was framed. After everything they've been through together, how can she turn him down? As Molly finds herself drawn further into Daniel's case, Molly begins to fear that his trouble is related to one of his investigations: catching a serial killer who is targeting prostitutes, known to the locals as the East Side Ripper . . .

  • Molly's sixth sense is warning her - danger and death lie ahead!A woman private eye in a man's world, Molly Murphy is having a hard time succeeding in running her detective agency in New York. That's why she agrees to go undercover for the NYPD to expose a pair of spiritualist sisters as con artists... even though the offer of work has come from police captain Daniel Sullivan. Sullivan had once won Molly's heart - until she discovered he has a socialite fiancée and an upcoming society wedding. Still, needs must, and so Molly finds herself posing as an Irish cousin at the uptown mansion of Senator Barney Flynn. Flynn's invalid wife hopes the psychic sisters can contact her dead son, kidnapped and lost in a sensational crime, and after a spooky séance, Molly isn't so sure the sisters are fake... but she's certain the police bungled the kidnapping case. But very soon her questions are leading her to danger... and it doesn't take a psychic to tell Molly that if she continues she may very well end up dead!

  • Irish immigrant and private detective Molly Murphy is thrilled to have a ticket to see world-famous illusionist Harry Houdini. But before he can even take the stage, the opening act goes horribly wrong - and the sensational Signor Scarpelli's lovely assistant is sawed in half. In the aftermath, Scarpelli accuses Houdini of tampering with his equipment. Who else but the so-called Handcuff King could have got a hold of his trunk of tricks, which he keeps under lock and key?And it seems the maestro Scarpelli's not the only one critical of Houdini. Now that he's raised the stakes to such a perilous level, lesser acts are being put out of business. With everyone on edge, Houdini's wife hires Molly to watch his back. But how can she protect a man who literally risks his life every night? Now it's up to Molly to keep an eye on Houdini and find out whether these masters of illusion are simply up to their tricks - or if there truly is something much more treacherous going on...'Delightful... as ever, Bowen does a splendid job of capturing the flavour of early twentieth-century New York and bringing to life its warm and human inhabitants.' Publishers Weekly'Molly grows ever more engaging against a vibrant background of New York's dark side at the turn of the century.' Kirkus Reviews

  • It's wintertime in New York, and for the first time since Irish immigrant Molly Murphy started her early-twentieth-century detective agency, she is completely snowed in with work. While she's proving to be quite the entrepreneur and is very much in demand by some of Broadway's brightest stars and Fifth Avenue's richest families, she has to grudgingly admit that if she's going to work more than one case at a time, then she's going to need some help. Molly's beau, the recently and wrongly suspended police captain Daniel Sullivan, would make an ideal associate, but before they can agree on the terms of his employment, they stumble upon a young woman lying unconscious in the middle of a snow-covered Central Park. When the woman wakes up she is disorientated and has and lost her ability to speak, the authorities are about to pack her off to an insane asylum when Molly can't help but step in and take on yet another case.Lively and colorful, full of absorbing historical detail and delightful characters, Tell Me Pretty Maiden is another gem in Rhys Bowen's multiple award--winning series.'Delightful... as ever, Bowen does a splendid job of capturing the flavour of early twentieth-century New York and bringing to life its warm and human inhabitants.' - Publishers Weekly 'Molly grows ever more engaging against a vibrant background of New York's dark side at the turn of the century.' - Kirkus Reviews

  • Irish immigrant Molly Murphy and her New York City P.I. business are in the midst of a sweeping influenza epidemic and a fight for women's suffrage that lands her in jail. Her betrothed, Police Captain Daniel Sullivan, finds her, but he hardly has time to bail her out, what with Chinese gangs battling for control of a thriving opium trade. The only consolation Molly can take from her vexing afternoon in the clink is that it made her some new friends among the Vassar suffragists---and brought her a pair of new cases.For the first, Emily Boswell is convinced her miserly uncle stole her inheritance and wants Molly to uncover the truth behind her parents' lives and deaths. Second, Emily's college roommate Fanny Poindexter wants Molly to find proof of her husband's philandering so that she can leave him without one red cent. But when Fanny dies and her husband claims she's a victim of the epidemic, it's more than Molly's conscience can take.

  • Molly Murphy Sullivan's husband Daniel, a captain in the New York City police force, is stumped. He's chasing a murderer whose victims have nothing in common - nothing except for the taunting notes that are delivered to Daniel after each murder. And when Daniel receives a note immediately after Molly and her young son Liam are in a terrible subway crash, Daniel and Molly both begin to fear that maybe Molly herself was the target.Molly's detective instincts are humming, but finding the time to dig deeper into this case is a challenge. She's healing from injuries sustained in the train crash and she's refurbishing her house, which has only just been rebuilt after burning down. She's also sidetracked by her friends Sid and Gus's most recent hobby, dream analysis. And when Molly herself starts suffering from strange dreams, she wonders if they just might hold the key to solving Daniel's murder case.Rhys Bowen's characteristic blend of atmospheric turn-of-the-century history, clever plotting, and sparkling characters will delight readers in The Edge of Dreams, the latest in her bestselling Molly Murphy series.

  • With Molly Murphy's wedding to NYPD Captain Daniel Sullivan quickly approaching, the Irish sleuth heads to the Westchester County countryside, where his mother can lend her a hand and advise her on a bride's proper place. And shockingly, Molly seems to be agreeing. She has already promised that she'll close up her PI business and settle down after marrying, but she isn't a married woman yet. So, when she gets word of a possible case, she sneaks back into the city to squeeze in a little more sleuthing before the wedding bells can ring.A wealthy Chinese immigrant wants her to find his missing bride, and Molly - sure she isn't getting the whole story - suspects that his bride ran off. But where could she go? The only Chinese women in early-twentieth-century New York are kept under lock and key, and Molly can't help but wonder if she's saving the woman from the streets or helping to lock her away for good.Rhys Bowen's deft touch and charming wit make Bless the Bride another stellar addition to her Anthony and Agatha award-winning historical series.

  • Molly Murphy-'Molly Sullivan, now that she and Daniel are finally married-'is bored. Having given up her detective agency when she married, she now finds that her life is much less exciting, her days an endless stretch of housekeeping and chores. But when Molly secretly attends a suffragist meeting with her friends Sid and Gus and meets a shy, distracted woman who claims to live in a haunted house, everything is about to change.Rhys Bowen's short story The Face in the Mirror offers just the taste of mystery and mayhem fans will need to tide them over until the next Molly Murphy novel.

  • In this Christmas installment of Rhys Bowen's New York Times bestselling historical mystery series, Molly Murphy Sullivan's generosity to a beggar draws her into a dangerous investigationIt's Christmastime in 1905 New York City, and for once, Molly Murphy Sullivan is looking forward to the approaching holidays. She has a family of her own now: she and Daniel have a baby son and 12-year-old Bridie is living with them as their ward. As Molly and the children listen to carolers in the street, they hear a lovely little voice and see a beggar girl, huddled in a doorway, singing Away in a Manger. Bridie is touched by the girl's ragged clothes and wants to help her out if they can. They give her a quarter, only to watch a bigger boy take it from her. But it turns out he is the girl's brother, and they've come from England and are living with an aunt who mistreats them terribly. When the young boy is accused of stealing a purse, Molly intervenes on his behalf.These children are clearly not the usual city waifs. They are well-spoken and used to better things. So who are they? And what has happened to their mother? As Molly looks for the answers to these questions, she gets drawn into an investigation that will take her up to the highest levels of New York society.

  • Molly Sullivan is a year into her marriage, expecting her first child, and confined to the life of a housewife. She's restless and irritable in the enforced idleness of pregnancy and the heat of a New York summer in 1905. So when a trip to the post office brings a letter addressed to her old detective agency asking her to locate a missing Irish serving maid, Molly figures it couldn't hurt to at least ask around, despite her promise to Daniel to give up her old career as a detective. On the same day, Molly learns that five babies have been kidnapped in the past month.
    Refusing to let Molly help with the kidnapping investigation, Daniel sends her away to spend the summer with his mother. But even in the quiet, leafy suburbs, Molly's own pending motherhood makes her unable to ignore these missing children. What she uncovers will lead her on a terrifying journey through all levels of society, putting her life - and that of her baby - in danger.

  • Molly Murphy-'now Molly Sullivan-'is absolutely thrilled to give birth to her first child, a beautiful little boy named Liam. But while confined to bed rest for the weeks following his birth, she finds herself watching the activity across the street through her window, and she soon begins to notice some odd goings-on that set her detective's sixth sense to tingling.

  • Molly and Daniel Sullivan are settling happily into the new routines of parenthood, but their domestic bliss is shattered the night a gang retaliates against Daniel for making a big arrest. Daniel wants his family safely out of New York City as soon as possible. In shock and grieving, but knowing she needs to protect their infant son Liam, Molly agrees to take him on the long journey to Paris to stay with her friends Sid and Gus, who are studying art in the City of Light.But upon arriving in Paris, nothing goes as planned. Sid and Gus seem to have vanished into thin air, and Molly's search to figure out what happened to them will lead her through all levels of Parisian society, from extravagant salons to the dingy cafes where starving artists linger over coffee and loud philosophical debates. And when in the course of her search she stumbles across a dead body, Molly, on her own in a foreign country, starts to wonder if she and Liam might be in even more danger in Paris than they had been at home.As Impressionism gives way to Fauvism and Cubism, and the Dreyfus affair rocks France, Molly races through Paris to outsmart a killer in City of Darkness and Light, Rhys Bowen's most spectacular Molly Murphy novel yet.

  • Molly Murphy Sullivan's husband Daniel, a police captain in turn-of-the-century New York City, is in a precarious position. The new police commissioner wants him off the force altogether. So Daniel accepts an assignment from John Wilkie, head of the secret service. Molly believes her husband is in Washington, working for the president, until she spots him in San Francisco during a movie news segment. Then she receives a strange letter from him, leading her to conclude that he wants her to join him in San Francisco.She takes her young son Liam on the cross-country train trip, but when they arrive in San Francisco, Molly is told that she's too late, her husband's funeral was yesterday. She's devastated, even more so when she receives a cryptic note saying Daniel's death was not an accident. In her grief she stays on to investigate, until she meets a strange man at a party, whom she soon starts to suspect may not be quite who he appears. Then Molly finds another body in the basement, but before she can report it, the Great Earthquake strikes San Francisco, and the servant runs off in a panic with Molly's son. Suddenly Molly has no idea where to turn or whom to trust, and she knows there are many lives on the line, including her own.

  • A delectable prequel to the national bestselling Royal Spyness mysteries featuring Lady Georgiana Rannoch - thirty forth in line to the throne, and England's poorest heiress.At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man - until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball at Broxley Manor. Georgie is uncertain why she was invited, until she learns that the royal family intends to marry her off to a foreign prince, one reputed to be mad.When the prince, dressed as the devil, rescues her from an embarrassing situation at the ball, Georgie is surprised to find her unwanted suitor to be a dashing, charming man - especially when he pulls her aside and gives her the kiss of a lifetime. But as the time comes for the unmasking, Georgie's rescuer vanishes and the party is thrown into chaos, making it clear that everything at Broxley Manor is not as it appears . . .

  • Lady Georgiana Rannoch won't deny that being thirty-fifth in line for the British throne has its advantages. Unfortunately, money isn't one of them. And sometimes making ends meet requires her to investigate a little royal wrongdoing.While my beau Darcy is off on a mysterious mission, I am once again caught between my high birth and empty purse. I am therefore relieved to receive a new assignment from the Queen - especially one that includes lodging. The King's youngest son, George, is to wed Princess Marina of Greece, and I shall be her companion at the supposedly haunted Kensington Palace.My duties are simple: help Marina acclimate to English life, show her the best of London and, above all, dispel any rumours about George's libertine history. Perhaps that last bit isn't so simple.George is known for his many affairs with women as well as men - including the great songwriter Noel Coward. But things truly get complicated when I search the Palace for a supposed ghost only to encounter an actual dead person: a society beauty said to have been one of Prince George's mistresses.Nothing spoils a royal wedding more than murder, and the Queen wants the whole matter hushed. But as the investigation unfolds - and Darcy, as always, turns up in the most unlikely of places - the investigation brings us precariously close to the prince himself.

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